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Blood Pressure Working Party Members

The Working Party was established in 2003 when small groups of interested BIHS members were formed to deliver specific projects on behalf of the Executive Committee.

Professor Richard McManus – Chair

Professor of Primary Care, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Science, University of Oxford, richard.mcmanus@phc.ox.ac.uk

My research interests lie mainly in the prevention of cardiovascular disease with particular emphasis on blood pressure measurement and the management of hypertension in primary care. I hold an NIHR Professorship and lead a programme of research around self-monitoring of blood pressure in hypertension and pregnancy. I lead the self-management theme of the NIHR Oxford CLAHRC.I supervise PhD/DPhil students undertaking projects in hypertension and blood pressure monitoring in pregnancy. I am Guardian of the RCGP Cardiovascular Curriculum and provide expert advice to NICE (member of 2011 and 2018 Hypertension Guideline Committees), and the European Societies of Hypertension & Cardiology.


Dr Neil Chapman

Consultant Physician, Imperial College Healthcare

Dr Neil Chapman is a consultant in general and cardiovascular medicine and clinical pharmacology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London. He qualified from the University of Cambridge before training in general medicine, clinical pharmacology and hypertension in London and at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Dr Chapman is a specialist in the management of hypertension (high blood pressure). He is a fellow of the British Hypertension Society and an accredited hypertension specialist of the European Society of Hypertension. He is lead clinician for the Peart-Rose clinic, a tertiary referral centre for hypertension and cardiovascular risk factor management at Hammersmith Hospital. His clinical and research interests include both primary and secondary cardiovascular disease prevention.

He sees outpatients with all aspects of hypertension, including confirmation and investigation of newly-diagnosed hypertension, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, secondary hypertension, resistant and hard-to-control hypertension and patients who find it hard to tolerate usual treatments. He looks after inpatients with acute and general internal medical problems.

Professor Phil Chowienczyk

Professor of Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology, King’s College London, phil.chowienczyk@kcl.ac.uk

Phil Chowienczyk studied physics at Bristol University in 1975-1978, and worked in biomedical engineering at Guy’s and Hammersmith Hospitals, London before studying medicine in 1982-1988 at Guy’s Hospital Medical School. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology and Honorary Consultant Physician to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in 1995 and was promoted to his current post in 2003.
Prof Chowienczyk’s research relates to the in vivo assessment of arterial structure and function in humans with the aim of elucidating mechanisms leading to arterial disease and interventions to prevent/treat arterial disease. He retains an interest in biomedical engineering in relation to non-invasive assessment of arterial function.

Dr Chris Clark

Clinical Senior Lecturer in General Practice, University of Exeter, c.e.clark@exeter.ac.uk

Chris studied Medicine and Physiology at University of Bristol Medical School, graduating in 1986. He has been a partner in the Mid Devon Medical Practice since 1994. He joined the Medical School as an Clinical Academic Fellow in 2004, completed his MSc in 2006 and his PhD in 2013. He was appointed as NIHR Clinical Lecturer in 2014, and Clinical Senior Lecturer in 2015.

Elizabeth Denver

Research Nurse and Hypertension Specialist Nurse, Whittington Health NHS Trust

Elizabeth qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1977, and gained experience in diabetes care as a Senior Staff Nurse on the Professorial Medical unit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. In 1990 she became a Clinical Research Nurse at University College London, based at The Whittington Hospital, London. She worked with medical and scientific colleagues on diabetes and cardiovascular research and developed a special interest in hypertension in diabetes, especially early diabetic nephropathy.

With medical colleagues in June 2000 Elizabeth set up, and still runs, a Nurse-Led Hypertension Clinic at the Whittington Hospital. The patients are primarily those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes; resistant hypertension; chronic kidney disease. In 2003 she was co-author on a paper that showed the difference the clinic made in improving blood pressure control and thus lowering the risk of patients developing cardiovascular, renal, and eye disease.

Elizabeth qualified as a Non-Medical Prescriber (NMP) in 2004, and regularly uses her prescribing qualification. She set up and leads the Trust’s NMP Forum and runs an audit of NMPs for the Trust bi-annually, and she sits on the Whittington Health Medicines Safety Committee.

Elizabeth is currently the Hypertension Nurse on the NICE Guidelines Committee reviewing the ‘Hypertension in Adults’ Guideline

Dr Peter Lacy


Dr Philip Lewis


Dr Annette Neary

Dr Annette Neary is first-generation Irish descent: her mother was from Mayo, and father from Donegal. She trained in the English Midlands, and latterly was a consultant at the University Hospitals of Leicester in General and Acute Medicine, and Nephrology. She returned home to Ireland in March 2009.
Since 1994, Annette has had a specialist interest in Hypertension, working with acknowledged leaders in the field, Professors Bryan Williams, Bert Thurston and the late John Swales. She also has wide experience in General (Internal) Medicine.


Dr Sinead McDonagh

Research Fellow, Primary Care Research Group, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter  s.t.j.mcdonagh@exeter.ac.uk

Sinead is a Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School with special interests in blood pressure measurement and management in Primary Care. Her current projects focus on detecting individuals at risk of postural hypotension, investigating the significance and implications of a difference in blood pressure between arms and determining the role of allied health professionals in hypertension management in Primary Care settings. Sinead is also involved in setting up the implementation of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for the NHS.

Sinead has experience in conducting randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews. She has a background in physiology, nitric oxide biology and dietary interventions for reducing blood pressure and completed her PhD in this area in 2018, following a MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2012 and BSc in Sport Sciences in 2011.


Dr James Sheppard

Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, james.sheppard@phc.ox.ac.uk

I am a Population Health Scientist with interests in blood pressure management and cardiovascular disease prevention in Primary Care. In particular, I am interested in how we can improve the targeting of anti-hypertensive treatments at patients with the most to gain, using risk prediction models which utilise clinical data collected routinely in Primary Care.

I lead the PRedicting Out-of-OFfice Blood Pressure in the clinic (PROOF-BP) study which looks to improve the targeting of 24hr ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with suspected hypertension. I am also Co-chief Investigator on the OPTiMISE trial which aims to examine whether antihypertensive medication can be safely reduced in multi-morbid frail elderly patients with well controlled blood pressure.

My research is mainly quantitative, and includes risk prediction modelling, epidemiology, clinical trials, systematic reviews and health economics. I come from a basic science background and completed a PhD in Cardiorespiratory Physiology in 2010, but have since worked in academic Primary Care, previously at the University of Birmingham. I teach on the Evidence Based Medicine MSc degree programme and am part of the organising committee for the British and Irish Hypertension Society Young Investigator Network.